Deloitte Access Economics expands into Tasmania
23 July 2018: Deloitte Access Economics, Australia’s largest and pre-eminent economics practice, has recently expanded its national presence, establishing a permanent base in Deloitte’s Hobart office.
While Deloitte Access Economics has always had a solid Tasmanian client base, it has been served largely from Deloitte’s interstate offices.
The move is both a vote of confidence in the Tasmanian economy, which has been on the upswing over the last few years after a period of stagnation, as well as a desire to play a role in shaping the future of Tasmania in a positive way, which Deloitte’s recent Be Bold Tasmania campaign reflects.
The team will be led by Paul Liggins, a Tasmanian with over 30 years’ experience in economic policy, regulation, program evaluation and review, business case development and cost benefit analysis. A partner at Deloitte Access Economics since 2007, Paul has worked extensively in Tasmania across numerous industries and sectors, and has in-depth knowledge of the Tasmanian economy.
Paul left the State after completing his economics degree at the University of Tasmania.
“When I graduated, almost everyone in my class left Tasmania and headed to Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra as there simply weren’t good career prospects in Tasmania,” said Liggins.
“I’m excited to permanently move back to Tasmania for my family and I want to help ensure that smart, hardworking Tasmanians don’t need to leave the State to have a good career. There are signs this situation is slowly turning around, and I’m seeing many people return to Tasmania, both for lifestyle and professional reasons, but there is still a way to go.”
Paul’s team will focus on providing detailed economic advice to government and the private sector on issues including infrastructure, tourism, health, education and economic development. While based in Hobart, the team will work closely with the broader Deloitte practice in Launceston to bring the full suite of professional services to all Tasmanian clients.
“We recognise the need for an on-the-ground presence in Tasmania in order to best serve our clients,” said Liggins. “We want to grow our voice locally to be a major contributor to conversations around the economic and social policy issues that are so important to Tasmania’s future.”
Liggins said he was in the process of growing his team of economics professionals, and was looking forward to employing Tasmanians where possible.
Carl Harris, Deloitte Managing Partner, Tasmania said: “We’re delighted to bring Deloitte Access Economics to Tasmania, led by Paul who is already very well respected locally.”
“A resurgent Tasmanian economy is driving numerous opportunities for our State, and we want to support government, industry, businesses and individuals with our broad economics capability, as well as the other services we provide, and help Tasmania grow and prosper.”
About Deloitte Access Economics
Established as Access Economics in 1988, and joining Deloitte Australia in 2011, Deloitte Access Economics has grown to become the largest economics practice across Australia and New Zealand. With 170 professional economists, including 18 partners, working across microeconomic and macroeconomic consulting, economic theory, econometrics, and economy-wide and business modelling, it is also the biggest economics practice in Deloitte globally.
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